Achieving Success and
Paying it Forward

College Summit has influenced the lives of more than 250,000 young people, creating a national network of alumni who serve as our ambassadors, our volunteers, and our peer leadership staff. College Summit alumni are the best inspiration and support for students following in their footsteps on the path to and through higher education.

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First Year Forward

With support from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, College Summit has launched the First Year Forward program initiative to support college freshmen from College Summit partner high schools as they navigate their first year of college. The goal is to help students learn the ropes on campus and stay the course toward earning a degree.

Just as we have found peer influence to be a powerful way to get more students to enroll in college, advice and encouragement from peers and near-peers can help students have a successful freshman year and persist through graduation.

If you are a College Summit alumni who is an upperclassman or recent graduate and are willing to offer encouragement via text to college freshmen, please sign up to be a Peer Mentor. Learn More.

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Become a Leader

College Summit thrives because of the thousands of Alumni who help us inspire future generations with peer leadership. For years, College Summit Alumni served as Alumni Leaders, assisting students during workshops on their journey to become Peer Leaders. PeerForward builds on the role of Alumni Leaders through two teams, PeerForward Team Members and Operations Team Members.

The PeerForward and Operations Teams are vital to every workshop. Alumni selected for each team commit to supporting students and ensuring that all Peer Leaders attain the three Workshop goals. PeerForward Team Members provide support by guiding Peer Leaders through each session. Operations Team Members provide support to Peer Leaders, Volunteers, and Advisors by ensuring every session runs smoothly. All team members offer advice, encouragement and reassurance to students throughout their Workshop experience.

Learn more: PeerForward Team Member;  Operations Team Member

The Movement

Cornelius, a PeerForward advocate
Alumnus Cornelius Williams

Imagine a still lake on a sunny day. A single drop of rain hits the water’s surface and ripples begin to appear. I am a ripple. On Aug. 24, 2009, a friend changed the course of my life. As senior year in high school loomed... Read More

Alumna Vanesa Coger
Alumna Vanesa Coger

Prior to my workshop, I had never been on a college campus before. Being at Yale University convinced me I wanted to go away for school. Going out-of-state and paying for it was a big challenge for me to overcome. I received a fair amount... Read More

Peerfoward Alumna Hannah Pauley
Alumna Hannah Pauley

Neither of my parents went to college. My dad pretty much worked his fingers to the bone making a life for me and my siblings. But in the last month of my sophomore year, he died suddenly from a heart attack. I decided not to... Read More

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The National Alumni Council is a board made up of College Summit alumni members who advise our staff and board of directors. The Council also collects feedback from their alumni peers to improve the overall College Summit alumni experience.

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Evelyn Folson
New Haven, CT

Carlos Amaya
Miami, FL

Shantae Edwards
Brooklyn, NY

Aadon Penny
New York City, NY

Mia Berry
Indianapolis, IN

Daniel Perez
Denver, CO

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